09 November 2008

East Africa to have joint plan on lake

By OUMA WANZALA Posted Sunday, November 9 2008 at 21:34

The three East African countries sharing Lake Victoria are set to establish a joint strategic plan on the use of the resource in December.  Fisheries Development minister Paul Otuoma said the plan would propose mechanisms of reducing pressure on the lake.  Dr Otuoma said that Kenya’s strategic plan was ready and was just waiting for Uganda and Tanzania to finalise their plans before they could be harmonised and implemented to ease pressure on fish in Lake Victoria.  “We are worried at the high rate of fishing activities in Lake Victoria and that is why we have decided to come up with strategies that will ensure that we ease pressure on the Lake in the three states that share Lake Victoria resources,” the minister said.